500 Celebrate Eggstravaganza at Garfield Park

Maddox Pelander (left), 3, and Jayna Christian, 4, hunt for eggs.

Plenty of colorful eggs and fun activities made for a celebratory pre-Easter turnout with refreshingly cool weather for the annual Eggstravagaza in Garfield Park Saturday, April 20. According to organizers, more than 500 people came out to the event with many families decked out in rabbit ears, bows and pastel colors.

The long running Easter community event organized by the city, Youth Commission and Community Service Department gained several new visitors who enjoyed experiencing it for the first time. Residents Nicola Wilkins-Miller and her husband Tom Miller strolled the event with their four-year-old daughter Charlotte and one-year-old son Frankie. It was their first So Pas community event and Charlotte thoroughly enjoyed the egg hunt as her mom noted she was finally at an age to collect them and not simply pick them up. 
“I think she wanted more but she loved it,” said Wilkins-Miller. “South Pas is a special community so to do these things in your neighborhood is fun.”

Alhambra residents Jantre Christian and her husband Sakoni Christian also attended the event for the first time with 7-year-old daughter Isadora and 4-year-old twin daughters Verity and Jayna all decked out in an array of pinks and purples. With a purple bucket and a focused eye, Jayna aimed for the purple, blue and orange eggs in particular during the hunt.

“I liked picking up the eggs!” Jayna exclaimed.

Numerous activities and vendors were spread across park offering treats, crafts, an inflatable climbing house and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. South Pasadena Girl Scout Troop 9271 spun pink cotton candy for eager visitors as they raised funds for a trip to San Francisco April 27. The girls will cross the Golden Gate Bridge for the Golden Gate Bridging ceremony with 7,000 other Girl Scouts to mark their transition from Juniors to Cadettes. Troop leader Ann Moore said she was thankful for Eggstravaganza and the community’s assistance in helping the girls travel and bond as a troop.

“It’s been amazing,” said Moore. “We had people to come buy cotton candy right as soon as we got set up, so that’s really good.”

So Pas Mayor Pro Tem Robert “Bob” Joe was a familiar face at the egg hunt where he gleefully tossed out handfuls of colorful eggs before each hunt.

“It’s been fabulous to recognize Eggstravaganza for our community,” said Joe. “It just makes South Pasadena a little extra special before Easter.”

Walking the line of eager children gathered around the egg hunt field, he gave children an opportunity to shout “happy Easter!” over the microphone before the hunt began.

“Just to see the diversity of children here and all wanting to feel good about the Easter egg hunt, that’s why I make an effort to come and hopefully just participate a little bit,” Joe shared.